The sport of basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith, a YMCA teacher in Springfield, Massachusetts. Originally, the hoops used in the game were peach baskets, and wire was used to make the backboards.
The first game of basketball took place on January 20, 1892, in a YMCA gymnasium in Albany, New York. Nine players participated in the game, and the final score was one to zero. The creator of the game is reported to have lost more games than he won.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the record for most points scored during a basketball career. After playing 20 seasons in the NBA, he amassed a total of 38,387 points scored. However, Wilt Chamberlain holds the record for the most points scored during a single game. He scored 100 points against New York while playing for Philadelphia in 1962.
Until 1929, soccer balls were used to play basketball. In addition, the first balls were made out of tough leather and did not have much capacity to bounce.
While men's basketball became part of the Olympic Games during the Berlin 1936 Summer Olympics, it was not until 1976 that women's basketball became part of the Olympics during the 1976 Montreal event.